An awesome task awaits
ENDA KENNY and the Fine Gael Party fought an excellent election campaign and thoroughly deserve victory. They presented policies with conviction, and gave few hostages to fortune. That was admirably in accord with our country's current dire condition and the pressing necessity to take matters under control.
Our troubles are not merely concerns for ourselves. The election returns will have been intensely scrutinised by the European Union, the International Monetary Fund and the financial markets. Each will have taken note of our strengths as well as our weaknesses. This is a peaceful, truly democratic and highly sophisticated country. Not a head was broken during the election campaign.
The voters were determined to punish the Fianna Fail-Green coalition for its role in the economic catastrophe. But instead of taking to the streets, they waited for polling day and gave their firm verdict in the proper way and in the proper place.